Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Despite his attempts to achieve and maintain rational self interest, Raskolnikov finds it impossible to escape his own human nature. Throughout the course of the novel, Raskolnikov becomes divided between modernity and morality, and is continuously pulled back towards hu-man nature.
From the start, Raskolnikov portrayed clearly that he was not like other people from his time. Raskolnikov had developed a habit of seclusion, often staying in his apartment alone for days on end. As a result, he becomes disconnected from society, which would only drive him further into the major conscience split that he experiences later on. It is stated that Raskolnikov felt "...repulsion for everything surrounding him," (Dostoevsky, 109) which displays just how loathsome of society he really was. This feeling was a result of an internal battle which raged within Raskolnikov. During his seclusion, Raskolnikov debated a concept of becoming an ex-traordinary man who has "...a right to commit any crime and to transgress the law... just because [he is] extraordinary." (247). He knows that in order to become an extraordinary man, he must be able to surpass human nature and perform tasks such as killing others, for the advancement of an idea. However, when Raskolnikov tests his theory about becoming extraordinary, he finds that surpassing human nature is more difficult than expected. He…
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